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Microsoft is keep evolving their learning programs to help you and your career keep pace with today’s demanding IT environments. At Ignite in September 2018, Microsoft announced a new role-based certifications to help you and your career keep pace with today’s business requirements. They are evolving their learning program to better offer what you need to skill up, prove your expertise to employers and peers, and get the recognition—and opportunities—you’ve earned. Check the following document to have a complete overview of the new Microsoft certification program published on September 24, 2018.
After passing the Microsoft Azure Solutions Experts exam, as well as the Azure Developer Associate exam, the Microsoft Azure Administrator certification, and the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. I decided to sit for the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert exam.
To get the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert title, you are required to pass two exams, the MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services and MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security, as well as one of the following 5 prerequisites certificate:
- Option 1: Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate
- Option 2: Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
- Option 3: Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator
- Option 4: Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate
- Option 5: MCSE Productivity
I am so happy and grateful now that I passed the MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services. I figured that I would share my experience in this post to help you prepare and tackle the MS-100 exam successfully.
In this exam, I got something around 59 questions in total with 2 case studies, and the total time for this exam is 180 minutes. The questions do pretty much match the list of skills measured below.
Exam Target Audience
Candidates for this exam are Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrators who take part in evaluating, planning, migrating, deploying, and managing Microsoft 365 services. They perform Microsoft 365 tenant management tasks for an enterprise, including its identities, security, compliance, and supporting technologies.
This exam is designed for candidates who have a working knowledge of Microsoft 365 workloads and should have been an administrator for at least one Microsoft 365 workload (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Windows as a Service). Candidates also have a working knowledge of networking, server administration, and IT fundamentals such as DNS, Active Directory, and PowerShell.
Skills measured on this exam
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical topics listed below based on the latest update from Microsoft:
Design and implement Microsoft 365 services (25-30%)
- Manage domains
- Plan a Microsoft 365 implementation
- Setup Microsoft 365 tenancy and subscription
- Manage Microsoft 365 subscription and tenant health
- Plan migration of users and data
Manage user identity and roles (35-40%)
- Design identity strategy
- Plan identity synchronization by using Azure AD Connect
- Manage identity synchronization by using Azure AD Connect
- Manage Azure AD identities
- Manage user roles
Manage access and authentication (20-25%)
- Manage authentication
- Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
- Configure application access
- Implement access for external users of Microsoft 365 workloads
Plan Office 365 workloads and applications (10-15%)
- Plan for Office 365 workload deployment
- Plan Office 365 applications deployment
Lessons Learned and Exam Preparation
Practice, practice and read… I cannot stress enough that hands-on experience and understanding the identity access concepts will help you to pass this exam. In fact, when I prepared for this exam, I did not have any preparation materials at hand. Microsoft did not release any preparation options.
At the time of this writing, Microsoft is working on releasing the Exam Reference MS-100 Microsoft 365 Identity and Services book which is due for release in July 2019, you can place the pre-order now here.
You can go through the following free Office 365 Management courses from Microsoft to get prepared for this exam:
You can also watch the Exam Prep session that was presented at Ignite last year to help you more learn about the recently announced Microsoft 365 Identity and Services MS-100 exam that is part of the new Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator certification. You will learn about how to approach studying for this new job role, and being successful in your exam endeavors.
Last but not least, if you prefer an instructor led training class, you can find classroom from Microsoft Learning Partners here.
If you are planning to take this exam… I wish you all the best and Happy Studying!!!
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